Fr. Matthias Mo, a much loved and respected Salesian priest of the province of Mary Help of Christians and the Chinese Catholic communities in Sydney and Melbourne, was farewell at Our Lady of Rosary church in St. Marys, NSW and St. John Bosco chapel in Salesian College Rupertswood, Victoria.
Fr. Mo passed away peacefully at the Rosary Retirement Home in Sydney on Wednesday 5th March.
A funeral Mass was celebrated at Our Lady of Rosary church in St. Marys, NSW, on Tuesday 11th March. This Mass was led by the rector of the community, Fr. Shane Reade SDB, and concelebrated by many Salesian and diocesan priests before a congregation which filled up the church. As expected, many Chinese Catholics filled up most part of the church to pay their upmost respect to Fr. Mo. The Chinese choir also sang beautifully both in English and Chinese during the Eucharist.
During his homily, Fr Shane Reade used the symbol of a lotus flower that begins life in mud and swamp but grows into something truly beautiful. Fr. Mo began his faith and Salesian journey in communist China with much difficulty, yet he turned into a dedicated, respected and talented Salesian priest to all people in his life.
On Friday 14th March, a number people including his brother, nephews and their families together with Salesian family members gathered to say final farewell to Fr. Mo at Salesian College in Sunbury. This requiem Mass was led by Fr. Anthony Nguyen SDB the acting provincial, and concelebrated by Bishop Deakin, Fr. Shane Read and a number of Salesian priests. Fr. John Murphy delivered the homily during which he spoke of his experience with Fr. Mo and the contributions he made to the province and to the Chinese communities in Australia.
Following the Eucharist, Fr. Matthias Mo was laid to rest in the Salesian cemetery in the college ground. Many junior students and staff of Salesian College formed the Guard of Honour when the coffin was taking to the cemetery. It is always impressive and admiring to see Salesian students and staff forming Guard of Honour at Salesian funerals.
Fr. Mo’s life was celebrated, acknowledged and thanked by many. May he rest in peace, amen.